September 12th, 2018


Hard Things

Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

Sleeve Engineering

Here's a fascinating post about engineering issues in pattern design and the manufacture of shirts or coats. 

I will say that I like a little ease at the top of my sleeve caps.  Perfectly matched sleeves usually don't fit right.  But maybe that's because they weren't cut right -- I can't recall seeing a shirt with forward-shifted seams.

I have drafted my own patterns, and modified ones I have, to get results that otherwise weren't available.  Couldn't find one for a swordsman's shirt, for instance, so I just made the long cuffs and stuck them on a basic pirate shirt.  I learned that forearms are not as simple as they look -- the pattern has a lot of subtle curves.  But I did get it to work.